Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $41K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,808 - $58,913
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,600
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$10.40 - $24.16
(Median)
$10
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,808 - $58,913  
   
Bonus
$1,250  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,153 - $57,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 177
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $24.16  
   
Overtime
$16.75 - $41.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,250  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$27,153 - $57,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.

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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks

  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker


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Child, Family, or School Social Workers who go on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $60K annually. Child, Family, or School Social Workers most often move into positions as MSW Social Workers or Licensed Clinical Social Workers; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Child, Family, or School Social Workers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $37K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $45K on average.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Child, Family, or School Social Worker in Phoenix:
"How much time you spend driving."
Be patient, let clients tell their story. Don't judge. Be there for them.

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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